A slipped disk is a serious back injury that can cause immediate pain and discomfort. Furthermore, if not treated in the appropriate manner, it can cause long-term pain that will worsen over time.
If you have any reason to believe that you have suffered a slipped disk, such as the result of lifting heavy items in the workplace, it’s important to know how to treat the injury.
First things first, you should never delay in receiving treatment for a slipped disk. Instead, first aid is a must.
To start, don’t hesitate to call for an ambulance. This is particularly important if you are experiencing weakness or numbness in the arms and/or legs.
From there, visit with an experienced medical professional, such as in an emergency room, who can diagnose your injury and provide feedback on the best type of treatment.
Depending on the severity of the injury, you may be required to rest in bed for a period of several days or longer. Along with this, medication, such as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory, may be necessary.
Although not always the case, there are times when back surgery is necessary. If you find yourself in this position, you’ll be faced with even more rest and recovery in the future.
Along with all the above, don’t hesitate to report your accident and injury to your employer. If you suffered your injury on the job, if you will not be able to return to work right away, you may want to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. This money can be used to stabilize your finances while you focus on your recovery.
Source: Web MD, “Slipped Disk Treatment,” accessed May 01, 2017